On Cliff Bleszinski, Zynga & Meetings

Cliff "Cliffy "Dude Huge" B" Bleszinski, formerly of Epic but on a break for a while, has a new gig. It's being published by Nexon, but before signing on that dotted line, he met with pretty much everyone. And that included Zynga. » 7/09/14 9:30pm 7/09/14 9:30pm

Anti-Candy Crush Game 'Trademarks' All Of Your Words

Remember the drama when the makers of Candy Crush Saga tried to trademark the word "candy?" And then they wanted to put a claim on "saga," too. Of course, trademarking a name isn't the same as owning it. Regardless, a new game shows you what it would be like to have everyday words become verboten someone else "owns"… » 3/04/14 5:45pm 3/04/14 5:45pm

Zynga Boosts Its Mobile Lineup With New FarmVille, Words With Friends

In a special note today to players thanking them for six years of support, Zynga chief operating officer Clive Downie revealed three new mobile titles soon to be released worldwide, including a FarmVille 2 game that's completely different from its Facebook counterpart. » 3/03/14 11:30am 3/03/14 11:30am

In case you've forgotten about them, Zynga still exists. And they still have enough money to acquire other smaller game development companies. The Farmville company just announced that, for $527 million dollars, they've bought NaturalMotion—the creators of the Backbreaker, Clumsy Ninja and CSR Racing series—and that… » 1/30/14 4:36pm 1/30/14 4:36pm

You Can Buy Farmville Stuff With Bitcoin Now

Bitcoin, the "currency of the Internet," is now accepted by Zynga, whose FarmVille franchise also celebrates the economic ideal of paying real cash to acquire completely abstract commodities. » 1/04/14 2:18pm 1/04/14 2:18pm

Report: Zynga Founder Asked Obama To "Pardon" Edward Snowden

Yesterday, a bunch of America's leading tech sector executives met with US President Barack Obama. They were meant to be talking about the failure of Heathcare.gov, but things got really interesting when the conversation moved onto the fate of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. » 12/18/13 6:00pm 12/18/13 6:00pm

"When I saw the rise of Zynga and tried out some of their games on Facebook, I noticed some of the same design patterns that we use in slot machines." Kotaku reader SpiffyPirate works with slot machines and talks about the similarities he sees between design ideas in that industry and in Zynga's games. » 10/03/13 3:15pm 10/03/13 3:15pm

Zynga Boss Proves He's Totally Out Of Touch With Games

“Right now, I’m pretty bored with all games.” That’s Mark Pincus, founder of Farmville company Zynga, as he spoke with an assemblage of tech entrepreneurs in Israel last night. Bored? More like not paying attention. It’s an incredibly exciting time in game development now, Mr. Pincus. All you need to do to see that… » 10/02/13 5:00pm 10/02/13 5:00pm

There were tons of personnel changes at Zynga, announced today by ex-Xbox boss and new Zynga boss Don Mattrick. The CTO, COO and Chief People Officer are out. Read through the changes and your head may spin. Big changes continue at the house of FarmVille. » 8/13/13 7:29pm 8/13/13 7:29pm

Sex App Bang With Friends Sued Over Its Name

Zynga, the social gaming company that owns the trademark to the title "Words With Friends", is suing Bang With Friends Inc., a company founded to help Facebook users find "casual sex". » 7/31/13 3:40am 7/31/13 3:40am

Zynga Dethroned As The King Of Facebook Games

January of this year marked the first time in ages a non-Zynga game made it to the top of the Facebook app charts, as FarmVille 2 was passed in active users by King's ridiculously popular Candy Crush Saga. According to the latest estimates from app metrics site AppData, today King took the crown as overall top… » 7/08/13 12:30pm 7/08/13 12:30pm

Hey, Look, It's Don Mattrick on a Canadian Game Show 30 Years Ago

Don Mattrick has, reportedly, 50 million reasons to smile this week, ditching Microsoft and all things Xbox for Zynga and the leadership of all things 'Ville. But you can see traces of that big money smile going back 30 years, when he appeared on a newsmakers-style quiz show on CBC. » 7/06/13 1:00pm 7/06/13 1:00pm

Zynga Mistake Puts Random Stranger In Customer Support Role

In select circumstances, until earlier today, the Zynga game Coasterville told users to email a certain address @themepark.com if something went wrong. The problem is, that email address didn't belong to a Zynga employee. » 7/03/13 11:00pm 7/03/13 11:00pm

CNBC Calls Zynga a ‘Buy’ Now That Former Xbox Boss Is CEO

Sure, some people think that former Xbox czar Don Mattrick isn’t going to turn Zynga’s miserable fortunes around. But, other individuals— business-minded folk—think the exact opposite. » 7/03/13 5:00pm 7/03/13 5:00pm

Francis’ Oddly Appropriate Analogy Links Former Xbox Boss To Farts

Everybody's favorite combustible video game commentator usually doesn't comment on companies' personnel moves. But, clearly Don Mattrick's move to Zynga has inflamed Francis more than, say, the departure of former EA CEO John Riccitiello. The result? Lines like this: "It's like hiring the pilot from the Hindenburg to… » 7/03/13 10:40am 7/03/13 10:40am

Don Mattrick Is Now the CEO of Zynga [UPDATE: Mattrick weighs in]

After an earlier report said that he'd be leaving Microsoft, Don Mattrick has just been announced as CEO of Zynga. Here's Mark Pincus' letter detailing the changes at the Farmville company: » 7/01/13 4:03pm 7/01/13 4:03pm

Report: The Man in Charge of Xbox Is Leaving Microsoft

Don Mattrick, who's been the public face for all things Xbox for the last few years, will be leaving Microsoft to take a top leadership role at Zynga, reports All Things D. » 7/01/13 12:53pm 7/01/13 12:53pm

They Mastered Rhythm Games. How Does iNiS Handle Tower Offense?

Japanese developer iNiS — the name's an acronym for "infinite Noise of the inner Soul" — has spent the past decade and a half perfecting the art of the rhythm game. From classics like Gitaroo Man and Elite Beat Agents to not-so-classics like last year's DLC-packed Demon's Score, iNiShave mastered the melding of sound… » 6/21/13 6:00pm 6/21/13 6:00pm

The "World's First Speed MOBA" Spawns On The App Store

Crafted by former members of A Bit Lucky and some folks from Trion Worlds, Solstice Arena is a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game that Zynga is calling the "world's first speed MOBA." What does that mean, exactly? » 6/13/13 10:00am 6/13/13 10:00am